Filipinos in Japan

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Filipinos in Japan
Total population
260,553 [1]
Filipino, Japanese,
other languages of the Philippines

Filipinos in Japan (Japanese: 在日フィリピン人 Zainichi Firipinjin, Filipino: Mga Pilipino sa Hapon) formed a population of 260,553 individuals at year-end 2017, making them Japan's fourth-largest foreign community along with Vietnamese, according to the statistics of the Ministry of Justice.[2] Their population reached as high as 245,518 in 1998, but fell to 144,871 individuals in 2000 before beginning to recover slightly when Japan cracked down on human trafficking; in 2006, Japanese/Filipino marriages were the most frequent of all international marriages in Japan.[3] As of 2016, the Filipino population in Japan was 237,103 according to the Ministry of Justice.[4]

According to figures published by the Central Bank of the Philippines, overseas Filipino workers in Japan remitted more than US$1 billion between 1990 and 1999; one newspaper described the contributions of overseas workers as a "major source of life support for the Philippines' ailing economy."[5][6] Though most Filipinos in Japan are short-term residents, the history of their community extends back further; during the Japanese occupation of the Philippines, some Filipino students studied in Japanese universities.[7]

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  1. ^ "【平成29年度末】在留外国人確定資料" (PDF). 13 April 2018. Retrieved 13 April 2018. 
  2. ^ 平成19年末現在における外国人登録者統計について [About the statistics of registered foreigners as of the end of 2007] (PDF) (in Japanese). Japan: Japanese Ministry of Justice. June 2008. Archived from the original (PDF) on 24 June 2008. 
  3. ^ Yoshida, Reiji (1 January 2008). "Inevitably, newcomers play growing role". The Japan Times. Japan. Retrieved 3 October 2017. 
  4. ^ Catolico, Gianna Francesca (29 September 2016). "Filipinos 3rd-largest group in Japan—report". Retrieved 6 November 2017. 
  5. ^ "Japan-Philippines Relations". Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Japan. July 2007. Retrieved 5 September 2007. 
  6. ^ Rodriguez, Ronald (15 September 2001). "Why Filipinos in Japan Matter". Philippines Today. Retrieved 4 April 2007. 
  7. ^ de Asis, Leocadio (1979). From Bataan to Tokyo: Diary of a Filipino Student in Wartime Japan. University of Kansas. 

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